Information for Parents
We know you have questions, and hope to provide guidance and answers.
What to Expect in the Classroom
Your child will be enrolled in classes that meet either on campus or online. While they may be younger than other students in the class, they will be treated in the same manner as any other students. Please be aware that some of the material may be considered "Adult" in nature. The faculty members teaching courses will not be asked to alter assignments due to the age of a student.
Students will have the same course policies and course expectations as any other college student. They will receive a course syllabus that sets out the course guidelines, policies, and grading method.
College courses move at a much faster pace than high school or middle school courses. Students will complete a full class in a semester, which is 15 weeks in length. During the summer session, classes may be offered in 12-week, 8-week, 6-week or 4-week terms. The material covered will be similar to a year-long high school course.
FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
You may not be familiar with FERPA, but it will provide a difference between high school and college experiences. In the K-12 system, both parents and students have equal access to your child's educational records. Once a student starts attending college, however, the rights transfer to the student alone. You may be used to contacting your child's teachers directly. At the college level, your child will be the one responsible for contacting faculty and staff.
Accommodations for Learning Differences
Your child may be used to receiving accommodations for special needs or learning differences. There are different federal laws for this at the K-12 level and the college level.
At the K-12 level, the IDEAis a law that makes available free public education to children with disabilities. You may have meetings with teachers and school administrators to set up an IEP or 504 plan for your child.
At the college level, the ADAis the law for providing accommodations for students. Students are able to access services through the Student Life Disability Servicesoffice. Students are responsible to work directly with this office and may receive a wide range of accommodations.